Monday, November 26, 2012
Some people want to create a city out of DeKalb County's unincorporated land.
State senators from DeKalb County will meet this week to talk about possibly forming a "City of DeKalb." The meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Nov. 29 in room 450 at the State Capitol, CrossroadNews.com reported. A City of DeKalb has been talked about for decades but the idea has gained new urgency because more cities are forming in DeKalb County, like Brookhaven. Those cities reduce the county government's property tax revenue. In the CrossRoads.com article, county officials said:
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
The mayor says people are talking about turning all unincorporated areas of DeKalb County into a municipality.
A nonexistent "City of DeKalb" may become a factor as Decatur's leaders decide whether to annex land into the city. A City of DeKalb would incorporate the all unincorporated areas that are left in DeKalb County. If it happened, Decatur couldn't grow because there wouldn't be any land left to annex. It's not just talk. Last February, state Rep. Billy Mitchell (D-Stone Mountain) introduced a bill to create a City of DeKalb. According to the Crossroad News, Mitchell said a City of DeKalb would have 600,000 residents. The bill didn't go anywhere because fellow DeKalb legislators weren't comfortable with the idea. State Rep. Michelle Henson was quoted as saying the idea has been talked about for at least two decades. Decatur Mayor Bill Floyd …
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
The city may take in Suburban Plaza, the Publix shopping center and the United Methodist Children's Home.
Decatur Mayor Bill Floyd said he wanted to annex Suburban Plaza during his state of the city speech a few months ago. Now the city commission and staff are taking steps to do more than that. As first reported on Decatur Metro, the city has taken the first real steps to annex that property, along with the Publix-anchored shopping center on the north side of town and the United Methodist Children's Home. A colorized map showing the land under consideration has been posted on the City of Decatur website, along with frequently asked questions about annexation. The commission plans a public work session at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 20 to talk about the possible annexation. Decatur Metro asked City Manager Peggy Merriss why these areas were considered for …